When Tivo Goes again I may build

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Dave Scarpa, Sep 30, 2002.

  1. Dave Scarpa

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    a PC specifiacally for PVR functioning. Since Tivo Whacks you $99 to send a refurb I won't go that route again. With the falling prices of PC Components I think I'm better off with a really large HD and good Video Card with PVR Support. I've been loking at a MSI Card that Newegg has for $60. I'm wondering for those that have PVR's in PC's what they are using and how well it works. Tivo spoiled me but I don't want to keep on paying for new machines.
     
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    Your best bet is to just replace the HD in the TiVO since that's what usually goes. You can stick a 120GB HD in there and have monster capacity. If you look around the net you'll find instructions on how to "bless" an HD
     
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    I have a TV Wonder in my computer that I had hoped would help me to get a Tivo like experience with it, but besides the fact that the capturing is somewhat unreliable (which might be resolved if I had a dedicated machine), after trying 5 or 6 different software packages I have yet to find one that actually does what I want.

    Until the market matures a bit more, I think it's best to stick with Tivo and buy your own harddrives for it.
     
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    I hope my Tivo lives forever....I love that thing!
     
  5. Todd Hochard

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    I haven't seen any of the "regular" MPEG capture cards that are anywhere near as good (video quality-wise) as TiVo or Replay. My friend's DV-Rex card is good, but it was nearly $2000.

    Todd
     
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    Dave, I am not sure if you wish to consider this, but DirecTV offers a Service Plan to cover all DirecTV-related equipment in the home and its like $6/month.

    I had a Philips DSR6000 die on me with the first 90 days of owning it. I had a choice to get it repaired for free via DirecTV, TiVo, or Philips, but on the DirecTV paid for the S&H in both directions.

    That $6/month is worth it, IMHO, since I have a couple of TiVo units. I also looked at it in terms of $99 is worth 16.5 months worth of whole-house DirecTV/TiVo coverage.
     

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